The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute Donates Trophy sized Trout to Maryland
ANNAPOLIS— Football-sized rainbow trout are waiting to be caught by anglers in several Maryland streams and rivers thanks to a generous donation by The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute. The Conservation Fund, a 501c non-profit organization, operates its Freshwater Institute program out of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where trout are produced for a research cooperative agreement with the USDA Agriculture Research Service.
The donated trout, ranging in size from two to seven pounds, have been stocked in several Western Maryland trout fishing areas including Town Creek in Allegany County and the Casselman River and Youghiogheny River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas in Garrett County. A special catch and release season has been implemented in these areas running through June 15; after June 15, regulations will permit the harvest of two trout per day until September 30.
The Little Antietam Creek Youth and Blind Persons Trout Fishing Area in Washington County received a healthy stocking of 200 rainbows that should provide a lot of excitement for the area’s younger anglers. The Antietam Creek Put and Take Trout Fishing Area, also in Washington County, and the Little Patuxent River straddling Howard and Montgomery counties also received a good number of these trout.
“We do very much appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and it means a lot to our staff to know that our work has created some great recreational fishing opportunities” stated Joseph A. Hankins, Vice President of The Conservation Fund.
March 19, 2007
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